Massachusetts begins asbestos safety campaign in schools

8 Mar 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

ago official seal 1 100x100 Massachusetts begins asbestos safety campaign in schoolsThe state of Massachusetts’ new “Healthy Buildings, Healthy Air” campaign is taking aim at asbestos.

The campaign, created by state Attorney General Maura Healey, will educate at-risk populations, including children, the elderly and low-income families, about protection from asbestos through a multi-faceted approach that partners state agencies with local school districts, according to a press release by the Attorney General’s Office. Read the rest of this entry »


EPA begins second year of cleanup at Oregon superfund site

7 Mar 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

Environmental Protection Agency logo 100x100 EPA begins second year of cleanup at Oregon superfund site The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) second season of cleanup at the North Ridge Estates Superfund Site in Klamath Falls, Oregon, began Monday. The site is a residential subdivision that contains asbestos as a result of the improper demolition of 82 asbestos-containing military barracks that were once used to treat World War II Marines suffering from tropical diseases. Read the rest of this entry »


CDC: Mesothelioma still a concern for younger generations

6 Mar 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

carpenter 100x100 CDC: Mesothelioma still a concern for younger generationsMore than 45,000 people have died from malignant mesothelioma from 1999 through 2015, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released last week, and the annual number of deaths increased from 2,479 deaths in 1999 to 2,597 deaths in 2015. Read the rest of this entry »


Australian residents call for health checks after asbestos discovery

4 Mar 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

GHS pictogram silhouette 100x100 Australian residents call for health checks after asbestos discovery Residents of a remote town in the Northern Territory (NT) of Australia are calling on the government to step in and address possible asbestos exposure due to a building purchased with government money.

Members of the Tennant Creek community are calling for health checks to determine whether the town’s children are suffering from after entering the unoccupied building, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Read the rest of this entry »


Widow’s damages determined by timing of asbestos exposure

3 Mar 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Legal

Florida dca map1 100x100 Widows damages determined by timing of asbestos exposureFlorida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals broke away from precedents set by other states last month, ruling a widow could not receive damages for the loss of her husband’s companionship after he died from mesothelioma.

According to the Daily Business Review, the court ruled 2-1 that construction worker John Kelly’s widow, Janis, cannot recover damages under Florida’s Wrongful Death Act for the loss of her husband’s companionship because his asbestos exposure occurred a few years before their 1976 wedding. The two had been married for nearly 40 years when he died in 2015 from mesothelioma, a deadly cancer linked to the inhalation or ingestion of asbestos. Read the rest of this entry »


Lawmakers discuss renovations on Palace of Westminster, include asbestos concerns

2 Mar 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

UKParliament 100x100 Lawmakers discuss renovations on Palace of Westminster, include asbestos concernsThe meeting place of Britain’s Parliament is due for some much-needed renovations, and lawmakers are now in the process of determining the details of the rehab plan, which will likely relocate government workers for years and cost billions of dollars. Read the rest of this entry »


New treatment could reduce pleural effusion in mesothelioma patients

28 Feb 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

Diagram showing a build up of fluid in the lining of the lungs pleural effusion CRUK 0541 100x100 New treatment could reduce pleural effusion in mesothelioma patientsA buildup of fluid around the lungs, called malignant pleural effusion, is usually one of the late-stage symptoms of mesothelioma, a deadly cancer linked to asbestos exposure that affects the lining of the lungs, heart or abdomen.

The accumulation of fluid around the lining of the lungs makes it difficult for them to fully expand, and, therefore, for patients to breathe properly. Japanese researchers believe they have found a new, viable way to treat pleural effusion called intrapleural perfusion with hyperthermic chemotherapy (IPHC), according to Surviving Mesothelioma. Read the rest of this entry »


UK schools plagued by asbestos safety concerns, report says

27 Feb 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

asbestos warning 100x100 UK schools plagued by asbestos safety concerns, report saysThe ’s schools are facing a serious health crisis after a government report has found thousands of schools are failing to follow safety guidelines.

One-fifth of schools that responded to the government survey were found to be “not fully compliant” with asbestos procedures, according to The Telegraph, and of that fifth, 100 were deemed “a significant cause for concern” and required intervention. The Department for Education said it emailed schools and determined the asbestos issues are now safe. Read the rest of this entry »


EPA accepting public comments on asbestos use information

24 Feb 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

Environmental Protection Agency logo 100x100 EPA accepting public comments on asbestos use information In June 2016, President Barack Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act into law as an amendment to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the U.S.’s primary chemical management law. It marked the first time American chemical regulatory law had been updated in nearly 40 years.

As part of the first 10 chemicals to be evaluated under the reform act, asbestos, known to cause mesothelioma, a rare, fatal cancer that normally affects the lining of the lungs and abdomen, is set to finally be evaluated by the Environmental Protection Agency  (EPA) to determine its risk to humans and potentially be further regulated or banned. Despite well studied health risks, the use of the carcinogenic group of minerals has continued due to legal red tape, MyMeso previously reported.

While the change of presidential administrations and political parties caused — and perhaps continues to cause — some to question the Act’s future, the EPA seems to be moving forward with its initial plan. Last week the agency held a public meeting on use information for the first 10 chemicals to be evaluated under the Act — a step toward the creation of scoping documents for each of the chemicals. Read the rest of this entry »


Compound in Asian spice linked to mesothelioma cell death

23 Feb 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

Kurkumina 100x100 Compound in Asian spice linked to mesothelioma cell deathA yellow spice that gives several Asian cuisines color and flavor has also been used for traditional medicinal purposes in the region for decades. Recently, the compound that gives turmeric its yellow color and powerful flavor, curcumin, is the subject of numerous malignant mesothelioma (MM) studies. Read the rest of this entry »